We are committed to safeguarding and meeting the needs of all our children. Everyone has a responsibility to ensure that the children of Penketh Primary Academy are safe.
Our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy is reviewed by the Safeguarding Team and ratified by our Governors on an annual basis. All staff receive annual safeguarding training at the start of the new academic year and further training throughout the year.
What should I do if I am worried about a child?
If you are concerned about a child’s welfare, please record your concern, and any observations or conversations heard, and report it to the Designated Safeguarding Lead (or in her absence a member of the safeguarding team) at the earliest opportunity on the same day. Please DO NOT carry out your own investigation.
What should I do if the allegations are against a member of staff?
If your concerns relate to the actions or behaviour of a member of staff (which could suggest that she/he is unsuitable to work with children) then you should report this to the DSL (or in her absence a member of the safeguarding team) who will consider what action to take.
Our school follows recruitment procedures laid out by the Local Authority that support the safeguarding of our children.
What should I do if the allegations are against the Headteacher?
If the concern relates to the Headteacher, please refer the matter to the Chair of Governors - Jane Whalen.
Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child’s welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with his/her parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would compromise the child’s welfare.
Remember other pointers to keep yourself and others safe …
- Follow the no mobile phone policy whilst in the school
- Always work with children where you are visible to others
- Respect confidentially